“China Stands with Liberia”

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping has stated emphatically that his country, the People’s Republic of China, “stands with Liberia in exerting every effort to defeat the deadly Ebola Virus.”President Xi Jinping made this statement when he received the newly accredited Liberian Ambassador to China, His Excellency Mr. Dudley McKinley Thomas. Ambassador Thomas,  a senior Liberian Ambassador,  presented his Letters of Credence to the Chinese President at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 15, 2014.The Chinese President welcomed the Liberian Ambassador to China and went on to say: “Mr. Ambassador, I am certain that by the mere fact President Sirleaf chose you to be her Ambassador to China shows that she has great confidence in you.”President Xi Jinping assured Ambassador   Thomas that he will receive the full cooperation of all of the various agencies and other authorities of the Chinese government in helping to ensure the success of his mission.The President then concluded by asking the Liberian Ambassador to convey his personal best wishes to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and to inform her that China stands with Liberia and will do whatever it takes to help Liberia defeat the deadly Ebola virus.Earlier, Ambassador Thomas,   presenting his Letters of Credence to the Chinese Leader,    conveyed  heartfelt thanks and appreciation of  on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Government and the People of Liberia  to China for the solidarity demonstrated by the Chinese Government, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, in providing urgently needed assistance, in various forms, including direct financial assistance to the Government of Liberia, to combat the deadly Ebola virus which has claimed and is still claiming so many precious lives.  “Mr. President, China is a proven-true friend of Liberia and of Africa. Indeed your nation continues to demonstrate that its multi-faceted bilateral cooperation with Liberia  is undergirded by mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty, and is strongly embedded in a genuine sense of truepartnership”, Ambassador Thomas remarked. He asserted it is the true partnership from which the good relations between both countries draw strength.A dispatch from the Liberian Mission in China said Ambassador Thomas  informed   Chinese President Xi  about his desire  to devote all of his energies and talents to build upon and further strengthen  and expand  cooperation at every level between Liberia and China.Ambassador  Thomas was accompanied to the ‘Great Hall of the People’ for the presentation ceremony by Mr. Jimmy Barchue, First Secretary and Consul and Mrs. Judy Nyangbe, Second Secretary and Vice Consul of the Liberian Embassy in China. Prior to his assignment to this very important post, Ambassador Thomas served as Liberia’s Ambassador to France, with concurrent accreditation to Spain, the Hellenic Republic of Greece, the Swiss Confederation and the Republic of Portugal, for almost 10 years.In addition, he was Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations, Geneva and Ambassador/Permanent Delegate of Liberia to UNSECO, Paris, France. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LNOC Condemns Basketball Elections

first_imgThe Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) has criticized the recently held election of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) and has given the association a 90-day ultimatum to have re-elections.The President of the LNOC, Philipbert Browne said the basketball election has procedural errors and it was not free, fair and transparent.Mr. Browne maintained that the LNOC is responsible to protect and safeguard the autonomy of its members, and it therefore has the right to issue ultimatum, suspension or expulsion when it is plunged into administrative or technical slip.The LNOC boss made the announcement on Thursday, March 17, at the end of Sports Minister Saah Charles N’tow’s assessment visit to the Olympic Village.Mr. Browne said the LNOC was only notified of the elections’ result, two days after it was held but was not rather officially written to observe the elections.“We believe the election was in error and we have given hem 90 days to have reelection,” Mr. Browne said.It may be recalled that for over two years, there was a hullaballoo between the leadership of the LBA, headed by Rufus Andersons and the Aggrieved First Division President, accusing the leadership of administrative and financial misappropriation.The conflict led to the postponement of the basketball election four times, and lastly resulted into an injunction from the Temple of Justice.The injunction was lifted owing to the intervention of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the LNOC. Meanwhile, Mr. Browne has announced that handball’s provisional membership has been suspended owing to non-free, fair and transparent election.Mr. Browne said the decision was based on a report from the Assistant Secretary General of the LNOC, Fred Pratt, who served as an observer during the handball’s election held in Harbel, Margibi County.For over four years, the membership of Volleyball is still suspended owing to an election which was spearheaded by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Mr. Browne said the direct involvement of the Ministry to supervise election – is a political interference.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dr. Sawyer Urges Liberians, Lone Star Tech Team Not to Lose Hope

first_imgDr. Amos C. Sawyer, Chairman of the Governance Commission (GC), yesterday paid a surprise visit to the headquarters of the Liberia Football Association on Benson Street in Monrovia to plead for calm in the wake of the shocking disappointment in the match against Togo last Sunday.“These things happen,” Dr. Sawyer, the former interim president, told Mr. Henry Browne and Coach Kaetu Smith. “Pass my message on to James Debbah and we must look forward and not let the disappointment defeat us.”Dr. Sawyer also appealed to Liberians not to let the disappointment sap their determination to support Lone Star’s technical team, led by James Salinsa Debbah.Responding, LFA technical director Browne assured Dr. Sawyer that he would convey his sentiments of solidarity to Coach Debbah and to his technical team on his recommendation.Meanwhile, Coach Debbah, on an LBS radio program yesterday expressed disappointment with Liberians who say that he has done nothing to develop the national team.“I am ok when I am criticized constructively,” said a disappointed Debbah, “but I am not happy when people state that I have done nothing for the team, because of the team’s failure to have maintained its lead to win the match against Togo.”He admitted that Togo is an experienced soccer nation with players who are more experienced than their Liberian counterparts.Coach Debbah, who felt he was not being fairly criticized, further admitted that he was disappointed after the game and would be glad to resign for another coach to take his position.He further admitted that the national team players are good at playing for 65 minutes and thereafter they suffer lack of stamina and pointed out that he signed his contract with the Liberia Football Association to build a team and not qualify the team for a continental contest like the African Cup of Nations.Though many disagreed with him and insisted that he must express apology to the over 3.5 million Liberians who placed their trust in him as a coach to lead their national team against Togo that did not materialize as expected.Later, Debbah said, “I apologize for the disappointment but Liberians must understand that that is soccer and these things happen sometimes.” He said the Togolese French coach Claude de Roy, coached him during his playing days with French club Paris St. Germain and admitted that the game was between a boss and a student.Contributing, LFA President Musa Bility explained that all over the world coaches are blamed when teams lose matches and there is no other way to handle the disappointment on Sunday.“In such a situation we all have to look at what went wrong and talk about it and fix what we can fix as a family,” Bility, who expressed confidence in Debbah’s ability to carry on the job, said.Many others said Debbah must lead the campaign to pick up the pieces and forge ahead to face upcoming challenges, since Liberia will have to travel to Tunisia for the last decider.Debbah meanwhile explained that he suffers from a back pain that made him unable to have stood up during the game to give instructions to his boys, for which many fans have criticized him.“I took 6 injections before the match and I was still suffering the pain,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President Sirleaf Salutes Madagascar, Mozambique on Independence Anniversaries

first_imgPresident SirleafPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a congratulatory message to her colleague, the President of the Republic of Madagascar, Mr. Hery Rajaonarimampiania, on that country’s 57th Independence anniversary on June 26.The Republic of Madagascar proclaimed its independence from France as the Malagasy Republic 1960.According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, President Sirleaf said, “It brings me delight to assure you of my government’s determination to continue to strengthen the cordial relations subsisting between our two countries, in our endeavors to improve the well-being of our peoples and to lead our countries to a brighter future.”President Sirleaf has also sent a congratulatory message to her colleague, the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Mr. Armando Guebuza, on that country’s 42nd Independence Anniversary on June 25.In 1974, the revolution in Portugal restored democracy to the country and led to a change in attitude to overseas territories such as Mozambique. FRELIMO took control of Maputo, the capital, in April 1974 in a coup. Independence for Mozambique was officially declared just over a year later on June 25, 1975.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ArcelorMittal Workers End Strike

first_imgFollowing two days of go-slow action, workers of the steel giant ArcelorMittal have resumed work at the mining site in Yekepa, Nimba County.An aggrieved worker told this paper via mobile phone that the company has committed itself to address their demands by March 31.“After several hours of discussions, we finally agreed to return to work, while the negotiation continues,” said another worker.“Our demands,” the workers said, “are already in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), so they told us to wait until it is finalized by March ending.” On Monday, January 9, the ArcelorMittal workforce stopped operations at the concession site demanding better wages, benefits and improved living conditions.The aggrieved workers said the company decreased their salaries and benefits during the fall in the price of iron ore last year, but since the improvement in the prices on the world market, the company is yet to reinstate what was subtracted from their wages and benefits.They also complained that since 2014, all their benefits, including school benefits for five children, overtime bonus, job site feeding, have been streamlined.“The same job we are doing in Liberia is the same mining going on in Australia and everywhere Mittal has their company operating; those workers in other countries receive their just benefits,” the workers had said.The company’s Communications Manager, Ms. Hesta Baker Pearson, confirmed the resumption of work by the offended workers and also added that most of what the workers had requested was already in the CBA and negotiation is ongoing to finalize the matter.She said every single year, the company and workers’ union discuss issues regarding benefits, salary increments and other matters that would improve the working condition, but added that it appeared that many of the workers were not informed of this development.The Daily Observer contacted the workers’ union president Cooper Zogbay, but he refused to comment, saying the management does not allow any worker to speak to the press.ArcelorMittal is yet to bring sanity to the entire Yekepa Community, since its management took over the Mount Nimba concession in 2005, leaving most of the area in ruins, including the lack of safe drinking water and limited healthcare, they claim.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LMDA to Host Fundraising Dinner for Medical Outreach

first_imgDr. Ekanaba (r) and his secretary, Dr. Yuah Nemah, planning to have a successful fundraising dinner on Feb. 15Inaugurates new corps of officers Feb. 15The Liberia Medical and Dental Association (LMDA) has set February 15 as the date of their fundraising dinner and installation into office of its new corps of officers elected on December 8, 2018.LMDA is a professional body for all doctors and dentists in Liberia. The association said its program, which is expected to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday (February 15), is intended to raise funds in order to accomplish its medical outreach mission to several counties.The President-elect of LMDA Mr. Emmanuel K. Ekanaba said his organization, being a professional medical agency, is interested in ensuring that people in the hinterland, who do not have access to surgeons (operation doctors), ophthalmologists (eye physicians), cardiologists (heart sicknesses physicians), among others, have access to treatment through these medical specialists, without having to worry about any payment.“LMDA is a professional arm of the Liberia Medical Council which is the regulatory body. We are also involved in research and medical outreach,” Dr. Ekanaba told the Daily Observer in an interview at his office in the compound of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Sinkor, Monrovia.He emphasized that the medical outreach has become a component of the LMDA because the association has done a research and found out that the doctor to patient ratio in the country is terribly worrisome and, as such, too many patients with critical cases around the country lack access to doctors, most especially due to lack of money to pay the bills that appear very high to them.“We know we have limited doctors in the country, but even the few that are in the country are concentrated in Monrovia and a few of the other county capitals; thereby leading many patients of hernia, eye problems, among other sicknesses, to die almost on a daily basis,” he said.In a further explanation of why the February 15 fundraiser dinner is significant, Dr. Ekanaba said those who will show up to the occasion should not think that the cost of tickets for entry is too high.“We may have volunteer doctors to go out there on the outreach mission, but we will certainly need vehicles, fuel, medical supplies and other important things that cost so much. The doctors have to eat. That is why we should all rally around the LMDA to get implemented this great initiative,” he said.He said the fundraising event is not all about the installation of the new corps of officers but bringing like-minded people together who will sacrifice their little financial resources to help save the lives of dying patients in the remotest parts of the southeast, including Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, River Gee, River Cess, Sinoe counties and other parts of the country.“Many people in this country lack specialist health care. This is why we are running a free clinic, conducting surgeries, procedure, and we are also involved in the capacity building of future doctors and physicians,” he said. He noted that the capacity building process is carried out mainly at the medical school where lecturers from the LMDA, all of whom are professional medical doctors and health practitioners, volunteer their time.About the cost of tickets to attend the dinner, he said there are categories. “We have written letters for corporate sponsorship and it is our hope that we get the needed support; but for the sake of ensuring that we raise money for the outreach, we have tickets for medical students and interns at the cost of US$25, and for others who are single non-medical people the cost is US$45 while a couple will pay US$ 75.”He added that those written and referred to as patrons of the occasion are expected to pay US$100.Dr. Ekanaba has Dr. Yuah Nemah and Dr. Odell Kumeh as secretary and treasurer respectively, as members of his team of leadership expected to take over from Dr. Lewis M. Kpoto, Dr. Jonathan Hart and Dr. Yassah Barclay as the outgoing president, secretary, and treasurer.With his professional standing in medicine, Ekanaba said he is an internal medicine specialist who works at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital.“Our leadership takes very keen interest in the outreach program and, as such, we will do all in our power to encourage our partners to support the initiative so we may be able to help hundreds of our fellow countrymen, women, and children survive those curable diseases from which they are dying in the villages,” he promised.LMDA’s secretary-elect Dr. Yuah Nemah said the fundraising dinner will also be an occasion where supporters and contributors of the medical system in the country will be recognized and honored before the audience that will be in attendance.“Our elders in the medical field will get our appreciation for their immense contribution through work and pieces of advice over the years,” Nemah said.The new leadership is expected to serve a two-year term in office. This means in 2021 new elections are expected to be held, to bring about a new leadership which will steer the affairs of the LMDA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Convict charged again for stealing motorcycle

first_imgA man who previously spent 56 months in prison after being convicted for larceny on Monday appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, this time for allegedly stealing a motorcycle.Randy Joseph, 34, of Lot 24 Country Road, Buxton, East Coast Demerara, denied that on January 8, 2018 at Waterloo Street, Georgetown, he stole one motorcycle valued $245,000, property of Godfrey Abel.Police Prosecutor Dellon Sullivan objected to bail being granted to the accused based on the seriousness of the offence. He revealed that the Virtual Complainant (VC) went to Waterloo Street where he parked his motorcycle and went into a hotel.However, when he returned, his motorcycle was nowhere to be found. As such, the matter was reported to the Police.A number of days later, the defendant was stopped on the said motorcycle with registration number CJ 664 and he failed to provide the Police with the relevant documents.As such, he was taken to the Vigilance Police Station where he was charged with the offence.Magistrate Judy Latchman remanded the defendant to prison until January 29, 2018 when he would next appear in court.last_img read more

ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod Henson

first_imgUnited States (US) oil giant ExxonMobil said it has made significant progress when it comes to increasing its local workforce, by creating opportunities for more Guyanese to join their team.ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod HensonExxonMobil’s Country Manager, Rod Henson revealed that his company currently employs 585 or 52 per cent Guyanese. The company’s local office grew to 40 employees, of which 70 per cent are Guyanese, he said on Tuesday.Henson made this statement while delivering remarks at the Liza Phase 1 Development reception on Tuesday evening, where he noted that things are progressing smoothly as they should.In addition to that, Henson said Guyanese have joined the Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) team and are serving in several professional capacities.These include facility engineers, materials management coordinator, management system coordinator, health and safety coordinator, and health and environment coordinator, among others.Speaking briefly on local content, Henson said over US$14 million was spent on Guyanese suppliers. Together with their contractors, the company has also utilised many local suppliers.About 50 per cent of ExxonMobil’s employees, contractors, and subcontractors are Guyanese. That is expected to grow. ExxonMobil has also opened the Centre for Local Business Development here to promote the establishment and growth of small and medium-sized local businesses.In essence, Henson said his company has been able to grow local business capacity and has made huge investments into the local economy, through a series of strategic development policies.Meanwhile, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman recommitted to ensuring that Guyana gets the best out of the nascent oil sector, and will use it to develop the nation further.The Minister also maintained that the renegotiated oil contract will benefit Guyana tremendously.Following mounting pressure from the Opposition, the Government through the Department of Public Information (DPI) reported that ExxonMobil utilised the services of 309 companies last year.Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo was the most recent person to make calls for Government to release the names of the local companies that ExxonMobil has utilised the services of.The report said for 2018, the oil giant also utilised the services of approximately 227 local suppliers. However, Government has, so far, only released the list of local suppliers for 2018.Among other things, ExxonMobil had said it “submits the list of companies to the Government on a quarterly basis,” while outlining that the “Government can verify the list and or attest to the public that we do in fact submit the data to the Government. Or the Government can choose to disclose the list.”While stakeholders were optimistic that the oil giant was utilising hundreds of local businesses, many had called for the names of the over 300 companies to be divulged.The Opposition Leader even said he found it “surprising that ExxonMobil has been relaying information to the coalition Government, on a quarterly basis, given the reticence of this Administration when it comes to keeping the Guyanese public informed of the developments in the oil and gas sector.”last_img read more

Carpenter charged for reputed wife’s murder

first_imgCarpenter Tyrone James of Oronoque, Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima/Waini) was on Friday arraigned before a Georgetown Magistrate on a charge alleging that at about 20:52h on July 15th, at the Port Kaituma Waterfront, he hit his reputed wife Evadee Baptiste to her head, causing her to collapse and die.Tyrone JamesThe 36-year-old James had reportedly gone in search of Baptiste on that fateful night, and had allegedly found her imbibing with friends at the Waterfront. When she began dancing with another man, it reportedly enraged him, and he allegedly dealt Baptiste a blow to her head with his hand, causing her to fall to the ground unconscious.Leaving Baptiste lying on the floor unconscious, James visited the Port Kaituma Police Station and reported what had transpired. Accompanied by a group of Policemen, James was taken back to the scene of the incident, where Baptiste was found still lying on the floor. She was picked up and rushed to the Port Kaituma Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.An autopsy conducted on her body gave the cause of her death as brain haemorrhage due to blunt trauma.James has been remanded to prison, and the case will continue on July 23.last_img read more

Chef in ‘hot water’ after gun, ammo found in mining camp

first_imgThe tables have turned for a chef, who has now found himself in hot water after Police found an unlicensed shotgun along with live cartridges at the mining camp where he works.Reports are that ranks of F Division (Interior locations) received reports that someone at the mining camp had an illegal weapon. The ranks descended on the camp at Kupang Backdam, Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) at about 10:00h on Friday and found the man alone.A search was conducted on the mining camp and the police found an unlicensed shotgun along with 29 live cartridges and an empty cartridge casing. The 38-year-old chef was immediately taken into Police custody where he is said to be co-operating with the police in their investigation.In February of this year, the police arrested a miner who was found with an unlicensed revolver along with matching rounds of ammunition at Obama Road, Upper Mazaruni.Reports are that the ranks at the time were acting on information when they conducted a search on the miner and found the .38 revolver along with 10 matching rounds of ammunition.Also last month, a shopkeeper was also taken into Police custody when he was found to be in possession of a shotgun at the Makari Landing, Upper Mazaruni River.The Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD) man was observed by ranks who were on patrol duties to be acting in a suspicious manner.While he was being approached, he was seen throwing a long object into some nearby bushes. When the said object was retrieved, it was found to be an unlicensed gun.last_img read more